I don't buy the hit a wall theory. If the 95/96 Bulls can go 72-10, then so can other ridiculously talented teams.
The Thunder would have to go 63-6 (counting the 9 game win streak) through the rest of the season and that would be a ridiculous feat.
They may not hit a stretch where they struggle but its my prediction.
But getting the front court more involved in the offense isn't necessarily just increasing point production from them. We're averaging the same amount of assists out of the front court as we did last year @ 3.1. OKC still needs to work on it's in and out ball movement.
Again, everything is better this year...but there's still plenty of work to be done to be as effective as the roster dictates. We'll never get 40 PPG out of the front court...but we don't need to since we have KD and RW.
(Of note: KD does play the 4 sometimes, and so his production at that position is unfairly not being factored in here.)
Some of you guys were right about Cousins... His attitude must really stink for his coach to bench almost the entire 2nd half.
Byway, where are all the Reggie Jackson fans tonight??... *crickets*
RJ was bad, but the other 4 guys were just as bad. Even Nick had a stupid foul that led to 3 free throws.
I still want Reggie to be the backup point. It is obvious that Maynor won't be back and Reggie is the backup point of the future. Reggie needs to be playing now so that he can have his screwups like last night now and learn from them before the playoffs. I don't understand all of the Maynor fans. I mean he is okay, but has been playing pretty poorly and even if he plays well or okay I don't think it brings as much to the team as the ultra athletic Reggie could.
Wtf is going on with Thabeet??... He was doing great for a while, now he is back to earth.
He's been taking baby steps all season. He has only rarely gotten second half, non garbage time minutes. I think he is still doing okay with his couple of minutes in the first half, he is only asked to rebound and be 7"3.
I am more disappointed with Kendrick Perkins play than anybody else's. What's going on with him? He's seems to regress both offensively and rebounding wise this year. He's still a decent defender, but WAY overpaid. I wouldn't mind if they amnestied Perkins this year or next. They need more out of their starting center.
I would encourage you to watch a Thunder game this year :-), they've been really fun to watch. Kendrick Perkins only, you know, takes point guards like Deron ****ing Williams, and makes them look like little ****es off the dribble.
Quit looking at the stat sheet...Perkins is a key cog in the way this team operates.
The Thunder would be an elite defensive team if they could only grab an efffing rebound.
Facebook is doing this trends thing where they rate how many times things were mentioned and liked in 2012 and the first NBA mention is OKC at #5 on the list. Pretty shocking and impressive and speaks to the meteoric rise of the Thunder and the amazing press it's given our city:
That is impressive!
So could you say the Thunder is the 3rd most popular professional team in the land.
ESPN magazine named them the best franchise in sports or some such thing this year.
Westbrook's numbers up to this point in the season: 21.1 points, 8.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 42% FG
It seems to me that ever since opening game when Parker hit that buzzer beater, he took it upon himself to be a better all around player. They even wrote an article in the paper about that. Love how he plays!
Sounds like Ginobili will miss the game Monday due to thigh bruise.
I am so pumped for tonight's game as early as it is in the season. We owe this one to the Spurs, I expect our players to come out with a chip on their shoulders.
Ready for tonights game. Love these games with the spurs
Lamb and Orton have been recalled
Hope we woodshed the ****ing Spurs. I cant' stand losing to them.
Damn Straight Thunder Up!
and here we go
Nice shot Serge!
Of course, the Spurs won't miss against us.
Serge is feeling it
Great series there. Durant is the man
Damn Westbrook with 2 early
Good shot Martin
Ibaka having flashbacks of the WCF game in which he went 11 for 11... 6 for 6 tonight
Good 1st quarter up 4. 30-26 shooting 65%